Category: songwriter

Carly Simon photographed by Jack Mitchell, 1971.

Carly Simon photographed by Ed Caraeff in London on March 15, 1971.

Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry and Keith Richards at Chuck Berry’s Los Angeles home in1986 during the filming of Taylor Hackford’s documentary “Hail! Hail! Rock n Roll.”

Elton John with his mother Shelia and stepfather Fred Fairebrother in their apartment, 1971.

(Photos by John Olson/The LIFE Picture Collection)

Rick James and Linda Blair (1982)

In his posthumously published memoir, “Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James,” Rick says he spent time getting to “know” the actress at the Chateau Marmont in Beverly Hills. Later, he found out that Linda had gotten pregnant by him and obtained an abortion without his knowledge. His 1983 hit song “Cold Blooded” came from that discovery. “It was about how Linda could freeze my blood,” he wrote.

Billie Holiday poses for studio portraits in 1939

Patti Smith

and Robert Mapplethorpe on their fire escape at West 23rd Street

in NYC, 1971.

Photos by Gerard Malanga

Bob Marley photographed by Gijsbert Hanekroot in Amsterdam, 1976.

Billie Holiday photographed by Carl Van Vechten with her dog Mister, 1949. 

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan on tour during the Rolling Thunder Revue, 1975.